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Showing posts with label Play Session. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Play Session. Show all posts

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Tabletop Gaming - Play Report - Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game

My two core sets arrived during the week and I was really worried that a friend's set (plus Falcon/Slave I) wasn't going to arrive in time. I knew we'd make do with just the X-Wings and Eyeballs (re: TIE-F) but after last nights game...

My god that was FUN!

I played the Rebel Alliance and John the Galactic Empire. The TL;DR is 4 hours later, the Rebel Scum were pushed into the ground but not before both large ships were removed from the table!

It was a very lengthy game for our first but then instead of starting with core sets, we had 2 large ships on the table as well to learn as well as a photo shoot every, single, turn (until we noticed how long we'd been playing and tried to stop taking pics >.>).


Unfortunate for me, I assume John's pics came out okay via his phone but I had my camera on the wrong setting and the photos came out grainy. I kept the best as highlights below.

Anyway, the squadrons we used were:

(And a note to this, I made mine on the spot quickly with cards I hadn't seen yet while John prepared by using Voidstate's Squadron Builder to make his 100 point squadron before hand)

REBEL ALLIANCE (Me)
Outer Rim Smuggler (33)

YT-1300 (27), Chewbacca (4), Mercenary Copilot (2)
Luke Skywalker (39)
X-Wing (28), R2-D2 (4), Proton Torpedoes (4), Marksmanship (3)

Rookie Pilot (28)
X-Wing (21), R5-D8 (3), Proton Torpedoes (4)
Note: I actually believed I was 99/100 points but the builder had me at 101. I removed the Falcon title which I thought was a freebie but not got it here to check. I'll have to look into that later.

GALACTIC EMPIRE (John)

Kath Scarlet (58)Firespray-31 (38), Assault Missiles (5), Ion Cannon (3), Seismic Charges (2), Veteran Instincts (1), Gunner (5), Engine Upgrade (4)
Night Beast (18)TIE Fighter (15), Stealth Device (3)
Academy Pilot (12) x 2
Starting Setup


















The table is actually 3 foot wide which is useful and John does have some mats coming that from the images will look damn impressive in photos.

This is how we started, so innocent, and we couldn't just have a dogfight without asteroids as shown in the photo. Those were the turning point to the whole game and we will definitely have to keep putting obstacles down for each match!

A few turns in and the dance had begun.

For the Rebels, the left X-Wing is Luke while the right is the Red Shirt (re: Rookie Pilot). For the Empire, from memory, the right two Eyeballs are his Academy Pilots and the one of the left there is Night Beast but he may be the one in the middle, I can't remember now.

I have to say, after my first move and even John said it too that we underestimated the moves with the large ships as they really do go further than you expect. Hence my X-Wing was poorly placed there on the right but thankfully missed the asteroid (for now).


















Some manuevering later and lo and behold: The YT-1300 has a new hood ornament! Damn Imperials don't know how to giveway properly in a densely populated spacelane! Where'd you get your licences from again? A cornflakes packet?!

Here is a close up view of the impact itself:

Oh and yes, off to the side, you see that the Firespray as well made a daring move and got into the position John wanted: parked on an asteroid while waiting for the right moment to shoot very shortly!

Off to the left, the dance began between the X-Wing and the Eyeball that felt like it never would end!


















Just before the above image, this was where things starting falling together and we both could see what would happen a few turns ahead of time. We could see how the YT-1300 would move and therefore this would happen and then this and so on.  

Oh and an update: The X-Wing above is infact Luke from the left side of the board. The Rookie Pilot was damaged a few times as well as took a hit from the Firespray's Seismic Charge and finally was ganged up on by the Eyeballs. Luke had to get away from his situation and towards the Firespray to exact needed revenge (in a Light Side way :P).

It was a good moment to see things occurring in that way and we really began to appreciate the Move-Fire aspect of how the game plays out: If not for this, the game wouldn't be as much fun.

Anyway, the above was the middle aspect of the Conga Line that began to appear and unfortunately...


















...the fight came to this outcome with the X-Wing colliding only just into the Firespray and unable to do a target lock as I had planned and the YT-1300 with the Firespray so very very close behind.

This was the last image the YT-1300 showed up in as you can imagine as the Firespray got some damn good hits and finally finished her off.


















I got some very lucky shots into the Firespray as Luke came around ducking infront and then as the Firespray moved, it did a Koiogran Turn (re: u-turn) to come face to face to Luke. Much to John's disappointment at Luke and his special move (change 1 Focus to 1 Evade), Luke survived only to blow up the Firespray!

After the above image though, Luke fell prey to the Eyeballs and was taken down in a fiery ball of flame when his skill eluded him on the dice.

For our first game, it was an amazing game and was only better with the soundtrack playing in the background. I am really looking forward to my order arriving with the X-Wing/TIE Fighter packs so I can get those cards as well as a Squint (TIE Interceptor) and A-Wing. 

I've already made a squadron for them as well as an Imperial counterpart and thinking I should be making one of each to include the Firespray and YT-1300 since whichever John isn't using, till I get mine, I'll be using the other.

Next time I'll make sure I use the video camera to document all this as well rather than doing from memory as I would love to get into doing play reports for the games.

Definitely giving this a huge approval and looking forward to more games. Eventhough this game went for so long, never once did we feel bored. The time just melted away honestly with many a curse being uttered under one's breath!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tabletop Gaming - Dixit - 23rd May 2013

Almost a spur of the moment family night here with BYO dinner and since we borrowed Dixit off John (Many thanks!), we decided to dive in and play it first time with them. After they checked the rules, they were a little bewildered but once they got their hands dirty, they really, REALLY enjoyed it :D

It is definitely now on our To-Buy list (Unfortunately I just put a game on order for next week - Space Alert) right next to Agricola.

After checking my normal site (plug: Pinnacle Games) I got the surprise that Dixit has a few expansions. For once, I actually am happy for a game that has a few, even if they are all equal price of the base game itself.

The main aspect we enjoyed the most was the 13 year old son wasn't going to play, he didn't think he would do too well. Infact, he didn't come last (I actually came last >.>) and there were times that his card was chosen over others due to his creativity!

All in all, highly enjoyed it and now have to work out whether we return it to John or follow Tmara's recommendation ("When do we return it?" "Nevah!")

Monday, May 20, 2013

Tabletop Gaming - Power Grid - 18th May 2013

First time playing Power Grid with some new people Tmara and I met locally through BoardGameGeek.com. Once we got past the learning curve of never playing it before and others to refresh the rules, it was a lot of fun!

The map we were using was an addon of the United Kingdom. Both Tmara and I made small mistakes on placement like Tmara was stuck where she was until Phase 2 and 3 began as others loved England as much as she did :P

I started in Scotland which was ALL to myself in the end but the catch I found was how much it was to go from one city to the next was more expensive than other locations.

Either way, we enjoyed ourselves, we socialised with a new group (gasp!) and are in a group that will be attempting to bring a Board Gaming Club to the area in a location that is amazing and free because we'd be getting people in the community active.

With respects to the colours, Tmara was green and I was purple. The others were red (John), yellow (Adrian), black (Robin) and blue (Andy). Apologies if I got any of those wrong >.>

Mid Game

End Game (Black won as Blue couldn't power one more to beat them)